According to the Neue Zuercher Zeitung, which gave no direct quotes, Co-Chief Executive Carsten Kengeter said UBS was about two thirds of the way to reconstituting its fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) business.
A spokesman for UBS confirmed the article was accurate.
UBS, which suffered heavy writedowns during the financial crisis and had to be bailed out by the Swiss government, is active in precious metals.
In January 2009 the wealth management giant took the radical step of selling its base metals, oil, and U.S. power and gas business to Barclays
Since early 2010 UBS once again is selectively active in liquid asset-backed securities, the collateralized debt obligations business, collateralized loan obligations, areas of the U.S. mortgage market and other sectors, the paper reported.
The Neue Zuercher Zeitung also reported that UBS may hire another 100 to 300 new specialists for the FICC division, which employs 1850 people.
Last year, banks including Bank of America
(Editing by Patrick Graham)